Gearing Up for The 2024 Region 6 Florida SkillsUSA Conference


As February 16th draws closer, excitement builds for the much-anticipated . This annual event is a cornerstone for students, educators, and industry professionals who are passionate about advancing their skills and careers in various trades and technologies. SkillsUSA serves as a powerful avenue for participants to showcase their expertise, learn from peers, and connect with leaders in their fields. Let’s dive into what makes this year’s conference a must-attend event.

A Platform for Emerging Talent

The Region 6 Florida SkillsUSA Conference is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of talent, hard work, and dedication. Participants from high schools and colleges across the region will converge to compete in over 100 skill and leadership contests. From welding to web design, culinary arts to computer programming, the range of competitions reflects the diverse interests and talents of today’s students. These contests are designed not only to test skills but also to prepare participants for real-world challenges, fostering a workforce ready to meet the needs of industries.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

One of the hallmarks of the SkillsUSA conference is its emphasis on learning through experience. Workshops and seminars conducted by industry professionals offer invaluable insights into the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for attendees to enhance their knowledge, ask questions, and think critically about their career paths.

Networking Opportunities Galore

The conference isn’t just about competition and learning; it’s also a prime networking event. Students get the chance to meet and engage with industry leaders, potential employers, and peers who share similar interests. These interactions can open doors to internships, job opportunities, and collaborations, making the SkillsUSA conference an essential stepping stone for anyone looking to advance their career in trade and technical fields.

Celebrating Excellence

The highlight of the conference is undoubtedly the awards ceremony, where participants are recognized for their achievements. Winning at the regional level qualifies students for the state competition, and potentially, the national conference. These accolades are not only a testament to the participants’ skills and hard work but also enhance their resumes and portfolios, setting them apart in the job market.

Whether you’re a participant, educator, industry professional, or simply an enthusiast for career and technical education, the Region 6 Florida SkillsUSA Conference promises to be an enriching experience. It’s a place to be inspired, to grow, and to connect with the future of our industries. Let’s come together to support the next generation of skilled professionals and leaders. See you in Region 6!

Remember, the journey to excellence begins with a single step. The 2024 Region 6 Florida SkillsUSA Conference is not just an event; it’s a milestone on the path to success. Join us in celebrating the skills, innovation, and passion that drive our industries forward. See you there!

Hosted By:

Suncoast Technical College:
4748 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233

Contest Attendees (Staff):

  • Gil Burlew
  • Ed Catalane
  • Ashley Cestero
  • James Coyne
  • Craig DeToma
  • Brian Forbes
  • Adam Green
  • Craig Jackson
  • Barry King
  • Shane Lindergren
  • Michelle Meluch
  • Mike Rendas
  • Jose Salas
  • Mark Santilli
  • Brenda Ware

Students Competitors

Division – Postsecondary

Yerica Alvarenga-Malave – Culinary Arts
Elijah Arcadipane – Carpentry
Ian Backus – Auto Service Technology
Dominic Barrera – Automated Mfg Technology
William Bartens – Technical Education (Misc)
Madelin Betanzos – Commercial Baking
Anthony Boucher – Residential Wiring
Ian Bouthillier – Diesel Equipment Technology
Nayeli Centeno-Figueroa – Dental Assisting
Marcos Chagoya – Computer Technology
Senderley Charitable – Culinary Arts
Cameron Clevenger – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)
Ryan Cone – Carpentry
Mackenzie Cook – Technical Education (Misc)
Gerald Davidson – Automated Mfg Technology
Nicholas Davison – Auto Service Technology
John Ellis – Residential Wiring
Malachi Enger – Residential Wiring
Camryn Fontaine – Dental Assisting
Irma Galvan – Dental Assisting
Christian Garnes – Culinary Arts
Jadon Higdon – Computer Technology
Sarah Jarvis – Technical Education (Misc)
Lucas Kedziora – Precision Mach Technology
James Kent – Computer Technology
Alexander Koch – Office Technology
Katai Kongmany – Barbering
Jhodariel Lee – Dental Assisting
Jessica Leseberg – Dental Assisting
Serina Marshall – Dental Assisting
Calista McKibbin – Computer Technology
Noah Morano – Precision Mach Technology
Keefer Nelson – Residential Wiring
Jesse Nicely – Auto Service Technology
Alan Perez-Garcia – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)
Jason Probst – Automated Mfg Technology
Javier Rivera – Carpentry
Mia Rodriguez-Moreno – Dental Assisting
Eliana Salazar-Jimenez – Barbering
Gabriela Sanchez-Gomez – Automated Mfg Technology
Kaitlyn Shrum – Barbering
Justice Thornton – Commercial Baking
Riley VanSkiver – Commercial Baking
Juan Vaquero – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)

Division – Secondary

Martin Borja – Auto Service Technology
Izik Coleman – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)
Matthew Kopke – Auto Service Technology
Gionni Noordzy – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)
 AJ Peters – Auto Service Technology
Alan Rodriguez – HVACR (Heat-Vent-A/C-Refrig)
Natalie Sanchez – Automated Mfg Technology
John Scheppele –  Precision Mach Technology

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